The Light in Winter Festival Federation Square – Melbourne

Have a look at these events hosted by “Science in Public”


Celebrate Melbourne’s Winter Solstice with us at two free public events we’re presenting as part of

The Light in Winter Festival, in Federation Square.


Join the Light Revolution on Sunday 14 June: a public forum about how light is transforming our lives. Speakers will cover: the Nobel-winning blue LED; printing plastic solar panels; light empowering refugees and remote communities; and using light to reveal how we fight disease and cancer.

Reclaim the Stars on Friday 19 June: cosy up by the fireside to hear about the stars, how light pollution affects our health, and efforts to restore the night skies of our childhoods.

Both events are celebrating the UN-declared

International Year of Light (2015).


The Light Revolution, public forum

Sunday 14 June – from 5:00pm, Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

Book your free tickets here:


The Light Revolution is transforming our lives. LEDs are making lighting more efficient, illuminating our homes and cities, and empowering refugee women and children. Solar cells are getting smarter, smaller and more flexible. Lasers are printing jet engines, tracking space junk and carrying the internet across oceans and continents. And light is helping scientists to see the secrets of life in spectacular detail through highly advanced microscopes.


During this forum, you’ll hear from:


Scott Watkins, Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO)

LEDs are changing the world

The science that made blue LEDs possible won a Nobel Prize in 2014 and now it’s transforming the world. Scott will explain why this technology is so important and influential.

Shane Thatcher, Illumination

Combatting light poverty

Over 1.2 billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity and must burn toxic and dangerous kerosene to light their homes. Shane is using cost-effective solar devices to bring safe, reliable, free lighting to developing countries.

Andrew Holmes, Australian Academy of Science

Seeing the light with plastics

Andrew is working on printable, flexible, plastic solar cells about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. He’s making plastic do other clever things too – including emitting light and even conducting electricity.

James Whisstock, ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging

Lighting up life – the new microscopy

The inner secrets of how we fight disease are being revealed by elegant $2 microscopes, synchrotrons, and x-ray light a billion times brighter than the Sun – James will tell you how.

Tanya Ha, Science in Public

Tanya will be our MC for the evening. She is an influential environmental campaigner, science journalist, author, broadcaster and sustainability researcher.

And turning to the night sky…

Reclaiming the Stars, fireside chat

Friday 19 June at 6:00pm – 6.30pm, Federation Square, Melbourne

No need to book, just come and join us at the fireside

Star light, star bright, how many stars do you see tonight?

Our view of the night sky is contracting. Many children in our cities have never seen a starry night sky. Artificial light from high-rises, streetlamps and stadiums scatters skyward, which means we’re seeing fewer stars than ever before. Join us by the fire to learn more about light pollution and efforts to save the night skies. At the campfire, you’ll hear from:


Therésa Jones, Behaviour and Evolution Group, Melbourne University

Why do we need darkness?

Therésa will explain more about why artificial light can be harmful to humans and animals.


Nick Lomb, International Dark-Sky Association – Victoria

Big city lights

Nick will describe how light is incorporated into our cities and urban environments. He’ll also point out some examples of how people are solving the problem of light pollution around the world.


Tanya Hill, Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks

Astronomical discoveries in our skies

Tanya will tell us about the most important discoveries astronomers have seen in our night skies, and the instruments they use to explore the universe.


After the chat stick around for an evening of festivities around the campfire. Come early or stay late for storytelling, music and more public discussion about light. Full program is available here:


Niall Byrne

Creative Director
Science in Public

82 Hudsons Road, (PO Box 2076)
Spotswood VIC 3015

Phone: (03) 9398 1416
Mobile: 0417 131 977
Twitter: @scienceinpublic


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